Michelle Loxton

Host and Reporter

Michelle Loxton joined KAZU in 2019. Her radio career started in her home country of South Africa where she worked in both community and commercial radio. Before moving to the Monterey Bay Area, she worked in the United Arab Emirates for almost five years at the Arabian Radio Network. Michelle has experience as a reporter, host, news reader and producer. She is excited to be working in public radio in the United States for the first time.

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Andy Boy

Many businesses across the Central Coast, especially in the tourism and hospitality industries, are slowing or have shut down. But that isn’t the case for one of our region’s most important sectors, agriculture. In fact, even with or perhaps because of COVID-19,  this industry is thriving. 

 

Michelle Loxton

 

The Monterey County Public Health Laboratory is testing for COVID-19 seven days a week. And they are finding positive cases in the county. KAZU got a tour of the facility, and found out about the challenges the state-run lab is facing.

California Census Office

Households across the country will start receiving 2020 census instructions in the mail this week. The census only happens once every ten years. But historically, many people in Monterey County don’t fill it out.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 


 

Over the last few days, Santa Cruz County officials confirmed that two community members have tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Michelle Loxton

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Cruz or Monterey counties, but local health officials are still preparing. Twelve counties in California have reported cases of the virus. On Wednesday, the first death occurred in the state.

Michelle Loxton

Preliminary election results are in, but there's still a lot of work to do before the results are certified. KAZU News got a behind-the-scenes look at the vote counting process.

Michelle Loxton

Congressman Jimmy Panetta was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016. The Congressman is facing his second re-election contest for California’s 20th Congressional District seat. 

Michelle Loxton

Jeff Gorman is the past chair of the Monterey County Republican Party and a small business owner. He is running, for the first time, for the U.S. House of Representatives. He’s vying for the 20th Congressional District seat. The district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

Michelle Loxton

Local environmental advocate Adam Bolaños Scow is running, for the first time, for California’s 20th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district includes Monterey and San Benito Counties, and parts of Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.

Monterey County Water Resource Agency

Many communities in Monterey County receive their water supply from two dams. And those dams are in serious need of repair. Later this spring, its likely voters in the county will be asked to decide whether these costly repairs will go forward.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The Pebble Beach Pro-Am is in full swing. The charity tournament sponsored by AT&T has been going on since the 1930s.  There’s always a few key elements: great golf, celebrities, unpredictable weather, and an iconic poster.

Michelle Loxton

UPDATED 2/4/20 10:00AM: The deadline to submit an application for the Veterans Diploma Project has been extended. Applicants have until Friday, March 27, 2020. The graduation ceremony is planned for April 2020.

For some veterans, the chance to finish high school is interrupted by military service. Now, an initiative by the Monterey County Office of Education aims to give some older veterans something they missed out on -- recognition and a diploma.

Michelle Loxton

The lack of affordable housing in the Monterey Bay area is not a new problem. So, the competition for rental units is fierce. This is having an impact on the workforce population, which is key to important industries on the Central Coast.

Michelle Loxton

 

There has been a 33% increase in driving under the influence or DUI cases in Monterey County this past fiscal year. The district attorney is trying to tackle this problem.

Michelle Loxton

Farm fields across the Central Coast are a lot less busy this time of the year. That means farmworkers aren’t getting a paycheck. An annual holiday drive aims to help with Christmas presents and food donations.

Doug McKnight

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) has been working on legislation for the past nine months that could have a major impact on one of the Central Coast’s most important industries - agriculture. 

Michelle Loxton

Fatal opioid overdoses in Monterey County have more than tripled this year compared to 2018. Many are blaming counterfeit street drugs laced with fentanyl that have started showing up in the community.

Michelle Loxton

The Department of Defense recently awarded a $266,589 grant to a California State University Monterey Bay professor to continue his research into fog. KAZU News spoke with Daniel Fernandez about how this grant will take his research to the next level.

Michelle Loxton

Grazing goats have been credited with stopping the spread of wildfires, including the one north of Los Angeles recently that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Fort Ord National Monument has been using these goats for years to reduce the threat of fire.

Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce

The City of Pacific Grove will vote Wednesday night on whether to invest roughly $70,000 into the maintenance and revival of a seaside park that draws thousands of visitors every year to its fuschia, fluorescent blooms.

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